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  • A man by the name of Thomas Szasz published a book in 1961 called, The Myth of Mental Illnesses,

  • discussing his belief that mental illnesses were unnecessary diagnosis used to

  • excuse the behavior of moral and socially deficient people. Some people still have this view of

  • mental illnesses, but the majority of the public have gotten to understand over the years

  • what a mental illness is really about.

  • Although we have come to a better understanding of it, there's still tons of myths about it that

  • have harmful effects on the treatment of those with psychological conditions. So, today, we'll be

  • talking about 5 harmful myths about mental illnesses.

  • First, people with mental disorders are likely to be violent.

  • The Sun, a newspaper in the United Kingdom, released an article saying that over 1,200 had been

  • killed by people with mental illnesses in the past 10 years in England. The statistics were true,

  • but what they failed to inform was that 97% of the accounted deaths were from suicides.

  • In actuality, criminal behavior in people with mental illnesses is very small, and mentally ill people

  • are the ones who are more likely to experience domestic violence and sexual abuse.

  • They're more likely to suffer an intense psychological reaction to being victimized.

  • Second, people can pull themselves out of a mental illness if they really wanted to.

  • A popular myth, especially with people with depression and anxiety, is just that the person is

  • being over-sensitive and could easily fix the problem. This is where the phrases, "They just want

  • attention," or, "They like feeling miserable," comes into play. Mental illnesses often have a

  • genetic factor that influences the preposition and chemical imbalances that can't easily be

  • conquered by sheer willpower. It's difficult to even take the first step by seeking help, and

  • working up the courage to even admit to yourself that there's a serious problem.

  • Finding a therapist and having to go through a trial and

  • error process that takes up a large amount of time is difficult as well.

  • Some people even choose to fight it themselves. Dealing with a mental illness can be scary,

  • emotionally draining, and exhausting. Having to pull yourself together and fighting through

  • while taking any ounce of support you can get ... is quite difficult.

  • Third, love and support are the absolute cures to mental illnesses.

  • Therapists and doctors will always tell you that social support is a very important factor

  • when it comes to the recovery process, but it may not always be the surefire way to fix someone's mental illness.

  • We've all seen movies where a child with a serious behavioral problem or a girl who suffers

  • from emotional outbursts is made completely better by the end of the movie because someone

  • went out of their way to inspire a sudden realization that they, too, can be loved. It's a touching

  • concept, but if you expect this in real life, you'll be thoroughly disappointed. They can be afraid

  • of rejection in socialization. Although it's great having someone helping and supporting you

  • along your fight, showing that they care about you, a mentally ill person could have a hard time

  • even believing that in the first place. Expecting progress

  • from showing love and affection on the same level supports every single day will be harder,

  • especially on a particularly bad day for the person that's being helped.

  • Forth, having a mental illness is a social death sentence.

  • The awareness of mental illnesses and what causes them has more than doubled since the 1950s.

  • Mental illnesses have become highly aware and have become more acceptable. More so than

  • physical illnesses in some cases. Some even see it that having a mental illness is a sign of a

  • greater understanding of what it means to be a human being. Ardilla Gomez found that even

  • living near a place that offers mental health services can raise the rates of acceptance and

  • understanding from 21% to over 80% of the population.

  • People without mental illnesses are understanding what some people go through and are willing

  • to go out of their way to help if they can.

  • Fifth, you will become your label.

  • This is a big fear when it comes to making the decision of going to a mental health professional.

  • Instead of a person, you'll feel labeled as a manic-depressive, an anorexic, a schizophrenic, etc.

  • Some clients end up feeling like they aren't seen and valued as a person. Rogerian therapists

  • have pushed from first-person terminology. For example, instead of "an autistic child" you use

  • "a child with autism". This puts emphasis on the person and not the illness. Some researchers

  • have even debated if telling their clients their official diagnosis is beneficial for their recovery process.

  • If the client's feeling like the mental disorder itself is the only thing his or her therapist

  • or doctor is focused on, it's highly recommended that they find a new one.

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/08/18
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